This past Thursday I heard the call of the wild from my homies
Arne Venema and
Spencer Douglass. They needed a man to come and grace the pages of their, in the works, second coffee table book Killer Kawaii.
Essentially, Killer Kawaii is to be a pictorial book of beautiful women, dressed as anime characters in various fantastical/sci-fi scenarios. For this shoot, they needed a sexy guy to be in the shot as well and help two beautiful ladies (AnD official artist
Gloria Wong and
Natalya Xavier) new look even better. And what better man to have in your photoshoot than Da Muthafunking Man, Joe Fiorello, himself. ; )
The concept was for me to be handcuffed to a heavily armed, skimpily clad, police woman played by Gloria, one badass mofo indeed!
Separately, I would be portraying a zombie attempting to feast on a highly delicious looking, uzi toting anime school girl, portrayed by a sugary sweet Natalya.
Furthermore, it would be Hong Kong's event's and headshot photographer extraordinaire,
Elden Cheung handling the capturing of these awesome images for the photobook.
Hong Kong's living legend Make Up Artist
Hiromi Nakashima was chosen to perform the zombification process.
First Hiromi applies some kind of a base to my face.
Not quite zombie yet. Still plenty more work for Hiromi to do.
We figured that a proper veteran zombie would have a piece of his face torn, possibly from the initial transforming bite or while a piece of living lunchmeat was trying to fight my zombie off. So Hiromi took some liquid latex and tissue paper to my face for the scar.
I dare no tell all of Hiromi's secrets, so here is the rest of the process in photos rather than mere words.
And volia! Hiromi has transformed me into a very zombified creature of the night! Spooky!
But the process is not yet complete. First I needed to lend my arm to Gloria's shoot so I took a break from the zombification to play a mostly off screen, recently arrested semi-conscious perp. Here's a little taste of that shoot. Woohoo!
Then it was over to Hong Kong's living legend hairdresser Mike Tam (aka Mike Cutter, aka Mike Scissorhands), master of the Japanese 7 scissors technique. He had to make my hair more "zombie." Unfortunately there was no baby powder to give my hair that "risen from the grave" look, so he used corn starch from the kitchen instead.
Then it was back to Hiromi's chair for some touch ups and costume ripping. And voila again!
Now I am full out zombie!
Old school, slow moving zombie!
Brains! Must eat brains!
Stay tuned for more behind the scenes pics of Gloria and Natalya from their shoots.
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